BritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6199 times:
Are you currently using the keyboard for FS9? If so then you really should consider investing in a joystick, or a Yoke and Pedal set from someone like CH Products.
I have the Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick, Used that for a long time and its not to bad at all, pretty good in fact. You can change the buttons to control all primary flight controls also has a single throttle lever.
Also have the yoke from CH, but unless you have the pedals as well, its kinda a weird feeling, using a yoke and your feet not being on pedals. The Yoke itself is pretty good, 3 levers, so you could configure the first two for Engine 1 / 2 and one for mixture. Also you can control the flaps and undercarriage using it.
B727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6075 times:
Playing flight sim without a joystick is like trying to drive a car without a steering wheel. Joysticks are pretty cheap these days, and it is only 37 sleeps till Christmas , so start dropping hints with the family!!!!
LHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6067 times:
Totally agree with B727-200 - flying with the keyboard, forget it! I have the Saitek Cyborg Evo which has throttle lever, hat switch, rudder twist and extra buttons for trim etc as well as the basic stick. Even better is to get the CH yoke and rudder pedals, although I haven't yet invested in them.
Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward
CVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6057 times:
Even hat-switch and throttle joysticks, hardly cost anything any more. I'd highly recommend the Microsoft Sidewinder force feedback pro 2, its USB, requires no extra drivers and is highly compatible. Or the one the is cordless, it sounds nice, tho I've never used it.
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6031 times:
Yes you NEED! a joystick or yoke. I reccomend the Satik 45. Not sure how to spell the company. It comes with a Nice joystick with easy to program buttons. Lots of them. And a awesome throttle with even more buttons. Or just get a simple microsoft yoke.
I now have the Joystick with the throttle SO most of the time unless flying some Airbuses helos fighters or a few planes that have sticks I use the yoke with the rudder pedals I have. CH Products makes some good yokes and peddals. I highly reccomend them!
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)